Gapforce School Expeditions

Please may I introduce our company to you as a possible provider for your future Overseas Expeditions and Trips.

To give you a little background, we have 28 years’ experience running Educational Travel Programs throughout Central & South America, Africa and Asia. Our principal difference lies with our highly trained UK Expedition Leaders who can create unique and exciting itineraries from 7 – 28 days, based on your specific needs and budget.

We work with a number of leading UK and International Schools and I would be delighted to provide sample itineraries and references for the work we have done recently if you are interested.

Destinations currently popular with our school clients are:

  • Costa Rica
  • Galapagos
  • Tanzania
  • North India
  • Sri Lanka
  • Borneo
  • Vietnam

Whether you are planning an overseas trip for the first time, wanting to compare quotes with your current provider, or simply after fresh ideas then I would be delighted to hear from you.

To receive a free sample quote please complete our short quote request form here.

Alternatively, if you would like to arrange an initial discussion to learn more about our trips then feel free to call me on 0207 384 3028 or email me back directly.

Thank you for your time and I hope to hear from you soon.

James Catterall
Schools Manager, Gapforce

Enclosed outdoor classrooms can provide a solution for more space in schools

Schools are always faced with quite a few problems to overcome but one of the most pertinent dilemmas they are currently faced with is how they can get more space. This is usually because they are having to accommodate more pupils, they are having temporary building work undertaken at the school or they just need somewhere outside of the main school hubbub for more personal one to one pupil tuition.

Or a school could be looking for new office space, a new library or IT suite, nurture room, outdoor classroom learning facility, art studio, science lab, multi-sensory room, community room, before and after school club building etc. The list can go on and on.

But if a school is already bursting at the seams and has already used up every square inch of available space and assuming there is not the budget or capital funds available for extensions, what are they to do?

We believe that we may have the solution. The Hideout House Company has a range of school classroom buildings which are all below 30m2 (in this case there is no need to apply for building regs) and which are built on a modular panel system so that they can easily be adapted to a school’s specific needs and specification. And they are designed with aesthetics in mind so that they are actually quite nice to look at in a school setting!

Manufactured out of cedar, these buildings have an in-built longevity as cedar is a premium, high quality timber which once sited, requires very little ongoing maintenance and typically lasts a lot longer than traditionally used wood such as softwood pine. Available in octagonal, square and rectangular shapes  other options include for insulation, double glazing, bi-fold doors to the front elevation and an attractive atrium roof to allow in lots of natural daylight from above. A school can also choose between carpet, decking or laminate flooring.

Unlike their open-sided gazebo style outdoor classroom counterpart, they can be used all year round as they are totally enclosed.

And because they are built on site, there is usually no problem with poor access issues which can be the case in a lot of schools and which sometimes hinders the pre-fab classroom system (in this case a crane is usually required to winch the unit into position which can be both disruptive and expensive).

Installation times typically range from 3 days to a week so there is hardly any long term lasting disruption to the school’s working day and with prices starting at £10K ex VAT for these enclosed outdoor classrooms, they are also financially extremely viable.

In certain cases, they may also fall under Permitted Development Rights so planning permission may not be required but it is always prudent to contact the local planning authority first before any work is undertaken.

For more information, please contact the Hideout House Company on 01865 858982 or visit

What’s better than Facebook

The answer is, of course, a real book!

A book that gives school and college leavers a snapshot of their final year and can be cherished for many years to come, if Facebook and Whatsapp go the way of MySpace and Friends Reunited…

The final year at school or college is always pivotal in everyone’s life. Why not make a record of it that lasts and lasts with fantastic quality yearbooks from Babyshark from only £3 each?

Unlike many online retailers that you can’t talk to, we are the online yearbook company that actually wants to talk to you. We can even arrange free Yearbook Design Workshops, so get in touch now!

Click here or email to request a free sample.

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Andrew Baker

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01924 849926

Unit 12
Emley Moor Business Park
Leys Lane

Registered in England No. 6913248

7 good reasons why a yearbook can’t be replaced by Social Media… Click here to find out!

To find out more about how easy it is to create yearbooks…
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Consolidate school software costs now for 2017/18

With further budget cuts announced and increasing pressure on School Bursars and Business Managers to make ends meet whilst maintaining the quality of teaching within the school, it’s no surprise the stress that many are now under.

Show My Homework was created with the vision that affordable, high impact software should be available to all Secondary Schools by a former Assistant Headteacher who oversaw homework and technology in two Secondary Schools.

For the price of a paper planner, you can get:
Online Homework Management (setting & submitting)
Powerful Reporting for Parents’ Evening, Ofsted, usage and quality control
A school-wide Homework Calendar
Online Timetables for easy organisation
in seconds for staff
Online Storage for all of your teachers’ files and school policy documents
All results stored in an Online Gradebook
Mobile Apps
for anytime access
Full Support, Training and a Dedicated Account Manager included

In 2017, we’ve already been recognised independently from the Assignment Report as The Education Company of the Year, by the Bett Awards as Highly Commended for ICT Leadership & Management Solutions, and by the ERA as winners of Secondary Resource including ICT.

I’d love to show you how we can help you make savings not cuts, as we have for the 1500 schools we’re already working with in the UK, by coming to the school and showing yourself and SLT how the software works, as well as providing you with a bespoke licence based on your school size and affiliations.

If you’d like me to get in touch, please just enter your email address here and I’ll get back to you, or give me a call on 020 3794 9138.

Kind regards,

Dan Nixon
Sales Manager

What is the best way to discover the very latest thinking on dyscalculia, dyslexia and ADHD in schools?

If you are thinking about  CPD to boost your SpLD support this term, do give  SpLD Central on June 29th some consideration. Hosted by Crossbow Education at Yarnfield Park in Staffordshire, this CPD accredited conference lines up some of the best speakers in three major areas of SpLD.

The focus in the morning will be on Dyscalculia, with two keynotes from Prof Steve Chinn, recognised by many as the leading expert on dyscalculia in schools. After lunch Fintan O’Regan will consider a range of systems and strategies to address successful learning, behaviour and socialisation outcomes for children on the ADHD spectrum; Rachel Ingham, Judy Capener, and Sue Francis will give you some insights into different aspects of literacy that are particularly relevant for dyslexic learners; Dominic Griffiths, senior lecturer at MMU, will talk about embedding reasonable adjustments at post-16, and SEN advisory team leader Beccie Hawes (Author of “Getting it Right for Dyslexic Learners”) will give you a roadmap for helping SpLD students navigate that difficult journey from Y6 to Y7. For an overview of the conference programme, click the following link or paste it into your browser:

We have a reputation for Excellence at Crossbow (4 prestigious awards in the last five years – 3 national and one international), and our conference is no exception. We also have a reputation for providing good value, and at £139.95 + VAT for a day with speakers of this calibre it’s a lot less than you would pay Forum, or Capita, or other providers. And here’s the best bit: if you and your partner schools can put together a group booking, you get one free place for every three you book. The conference website is – have a look now and make up your own mind. You can book online, and you can pay by card or we can invoice your school.

What do you get on the day?

  • Two keynotes in the morning (1 hr 10 mins each)
  • Two afternoon presentations (1 hr each) from a choice of six – each session is repeated after the break
  • An excellent 3-course sit-down lunch, coffee at registration, two refreshment breaks, and pastries
  • A marketplace of top specialist SpLD suppliers (not just Crossbow!) and plenty of time (1 hr 20 mins) to spend looking at their resources
  • A bound conference book to keep with all the handouts and room for your notes
  • Your CPD certificate.
  • Free transport to and from Stafford station, and plenty of parking if you come by car.

The date for your diary again: Thursday June 29th.
The venue (Google it – it’s super): Yarnfield Park Conference Centre, Stone, Staffordhire  ST15 0NL.


Or if you want to speak to speak to someone ring 0845 269 7272 and ask for Bob or Ionë

The mission of SpLD Central is to give school leaders, SENCOs, SEND advisory teams and SpLD  professionals a memorable day of CPD that will really change lives. “One of the highlights of my professional career” (2016 delegate).